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XHTML Explained

I'm sure you've heard people mumbling about XHTML and how it combines HTML and XML to create the "next generation" of HTML. I too had heard the mumbling, but actually had no idea what XHTML was... up until about 2 months ago. In this article, Mitchell gives us a quick run down of what XHTML is, some of its benefits, how it can be used, and what it looks like. He wraps up the article with a couple of XHTML examples.

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By: Mitchell Harper
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December 29, 2001
  1. · XHTML Explained
  2. · XHTML Defined
  3. · XHTML Benefits
  4. · DTD's
  5. · XHTML Examples
  6. · Conclusion

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XHTML Explained - Conclusion
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XHTML documents look more professional and eradicate sloppy coding habits. They still allow us to develop pages for older browsers, however, by using the transitional DTD declaration.

One of the hardest things to do with your site is to modify its pages to conform to the XHTML strict DTD. If you have a play around with the XHTML validator at http://validator.w3.org/check, then you will see what Im talking about.

In my opinion, XHTML is a very good idea. I like the idea of using an XML parser to navigate through XHTML files. I also like the idea of mixing HTML with XML they are the two most popular markup languages in the world and should compliment each other well. Hopefully, XHTML will deprecate HTML over the next couple of years.

Although were along way from every site on the web becoming XHTML compliant, its good to know that there are standards set in place that we can follow as professional web developers.
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